The new date for the press conference revealing the acts competing in Melodi Grand Prix 2020 has been revealed.
NRK had to delay the press conference which was due to take place on January 3rd following the death of Ari Behn, the former husband of Princess Märtha Louise, with his funeral planned for the 3rd of January. The new date for the artists reveal will be January 6th.
Melodi Grand Prix 2020 will begin on January 11 and continue every Saturday until February 15. The semi-finals will be broadcast live from the H3 Arena in Fornebu, just oustide Oslo. Five songs have been chosen for the final already and will be joined by one qualifier from each of the semi-finals. The final of Melodi Grand Prix 2020 will be held in Trondheim Spektrum on February 15. This will only be the third time in history that the final of Melodi Grand Prix has been held outside of Oslo. The schedule for the competition is as follows:
- Show 1 – 4 songs compete from Northern Norway
- Show 2 – 4 songs compete from Central Norway
- Show 3 – 4 songs compete from Western Norway
- Show 4 – 4 songs compete from Eastern Norway
- Show 5 – 4 songs compete from Southern Norway
- Final – 1 qualifier from each show joins the five pre-qualified acts make up the final 10
Norway won the televote at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019, with KEiiNO and their song “Spirit in the Sky”. They finished in 6th place overall.
Norway debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1960, and have won the contest three times – in 1985, 1995 and 2009. The country has the dubious record of finishing last the most times, eleven in total, and have received nul points four times. Norway last won the contest in 2009 when Alexander Rybak broke all records with his song “Fairytale”. He scored 387 points in the final, receiving 16 sets of 12 points and scoring points from every country.